One of the most awaited aspects of the upcoming N97 is the widgets on its home screen. Although I till date have not been able to get physical access to the N97, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the N97 – virtually, through Forum Nokia’s RDA.
Based on that play, I will be bringing you some of my observations about the nice and not so nice implementations on the N97. Lets start with a home screen walkthrough. Depending on your region, the N97 will come preloaded with a few widgets out of the box along with the standard ones like the music player, email, favourite contacts and so on.
- This is a typical N97 homescreen, with just a few cursory widgets thrown in. In order to add or remove stuff, you will need to hit Options which will be a permanent label on the left softkey.
- Hitting options will lead you to the above, as you can see the wallpaper manipulation, right softkey selection and widget control all rest here.
- Here are some of the widgets that are preloaded in the device and the user is free to choose from them.
- The above screen makes room for editing and allows you to hide all widgets for a plain look which is shown below.
- You can now have full screen wallpapers as well, so this mode might interest some of you.
- This is the screen that you would have got had you selected ‘Right selection key’ from the second screenshot. As you can see an application as well as a bookmark can be placed there.
- Finally, once you are done adding/removing widgets, this is where you can move the widgets around. Simply press and drag. Once you have your desired result, just press done.
There you go, that was how the widgets have been implemented on the N97. The good thing about this is that Nokia has not crowded the settings menu with all of these options and limited possible customisation to one place only. This will surely help new users get accustomed to the layout much earlier/easier.
Stay tuned for many more N97 stories.